Get seemingly lost in time throughout this tranquil city of nature, Laos. Its rich history stretching back 10,000 years paved way to the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries, astounding biodiversity, abundance of ethnic cultures and a deeply rooted history epitomized by romantic Luang Prabang.
Buddhism infiltrates every aspect of life, where saffron robed monks move silently past ancient gleaming temples and evocative French colonial mansions. Here in Laos, change comes slowly, and cities bed down early. The Southeast Asia’s best kept secret is a land of mountain, mists and untamed natural beauty entices with transcendent peace and serenity. Open your heart, open your mind, and let the faith and hospitality of Laos replenish your soul.
A mixture of authentic culture and modern convenience, Luang Prabang exudes tranquillity and casual grandeur. Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site that serves as the destination of choice with its fusion of crumbling French architecture, glistening temples and pervasive natural beauty. The town’s entire historical section is dedicated to tourism, with everything from former royal palaces to over 33 Wats (temples), on the tourist trail. This former Royal capital still remains the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos and is the perfect location for spiritual contemplation. Its remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates that even the hardest of hearts would have a struggle not to love the place.
Surrounded by scenic landscape ranging from mountains to rivers and limestone cliffs to rice fields – Vang Vieng is simply a piece of heaven on earth. Discover the surreal charm of this scenic city by watching the fishermen chuckle as they enthusiastically empty their catch from a vibrantly coloured wooden boat. Witness the hearty laugh of the children as they chase each other through the shallow waters. Burrow within the limestone ridges to examine the many sprawling caves they conceal. Cool down in the cold turquoise waters of Blue Lagoon. See the cliffs, tapestry of paddy fields and snaking river below, by riding a hot air balloon. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures only in Vang Vieng.
The sleepy and relaxed charm of Vientiane is symbolic of the laid-back and languid nature that permeates Laos.
Beautifully situated on the banks of the Mekong River, it delivers a relaxing riverside break where one of the best things you can do is grab a drink and enjoy the sun’s spectacular show as it sets over. The Lao capital Vientiane is one of Asia’s most richly rewarding cities for the curious explorer. Discover the smallest capital of France’s parcel of land in Indochina by exploring the decapitated temples, tumbledown ruins of French colonial buildings, small spirit houses, few grandiose monuments, tree-lined boulevards and steaming noodle houses. Uncover the real face of this often troubled land and you’ll soon feel like this is your home.
A province in the northern Laos, lying across a flat high plateau is the province of Xieng Khouang, most commonly known for the intriguing ‘Plain of Jars’. It offers awesome beauty of high green mountains and rugged karsts formations. The surrounding mountains in Xieng Khouang are breathtakingly beautiful, untouched, and home to several tribes of indigenous people with their colorful traditional dress and simple life style. The hot springs at Meuang Kham district are worth visiting, and Tham Piu cave is a sobering historical site, used as a bomb shelter by the villages during the Vietnam War. Visit Xieng Khouang and discover how it has been kept so pristine.